Allendale GardensWhen we entered this park we had immediately the feeling that this was a very special place, not just a park.To begin with we had a Devonshire tea with scones and strawberry jam and of course clotted cream. The owners of the park told us a bit of the history of the park.
The park was created and designed by the owners themselves. The park was dedicated to their little son who died at the age of six. Every inch of the garden radiates love and care.
The information about the park:
The two and a half hectares (6 acres) of landscaped gardens and lawns sit beside 26 hectares (16 acres) of cool temperate rainforest at Edith Creek. Choose from a number of walking paths, including 10, 15 and 30-minute walks. The paths weave through lovely tree fern glades, eucalyptus and blackwood trees. The forest walk includes a rare and endangered fern species known as hypolepus distans. This is the only substantial find across Australia of this species. In the gardens, different plants feature every month and a garden of 16th and 17th century roses has been developed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the gardens.
Sit down by the natural stream that runs through the property and see if you can spot the resident platypus( we didn't see it!). Notice the pheasants, peacocks, guinea fowl and pigeons as they wander freely. Enjoy a Devonshire tea in the gardens and look through the Garden Gallery where you will find postcards, posters and books as well as a DVD of the gardens.